TN lawyers boycott HC proceedings

Advocates of the Madras High Court on Friday boycotted the court proceedings, demanding removal of the names shortlisted for the appointment of judges.

Ever since a collegium of the Madras High Court recommended 12 names for appointment as additional judges, the court campus has witnessed demonstrations and boycotts.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an advocate also resulted in restraining the Centre from processing the recommendations. Added to this was Justice Karnan’s controversial intervention before a division bench hearing the PIL recently.

However, the Supreme Court stayed the Madras High Court order to maintain status quo on the process of appointing 12 judges, saying it is a “serious matter” which will be taken up by the apex court.

Advocates from various associations gathered at the Madras High Court venue in the morning and started shouting slogans to scrap the present collegium system of appointments and sought a more transparent system for the selection of judges.

Banners carrying scripts like, “Choose lawyers with absolute integrity” were erected in many places on the court premises. A member of Madras High Court Advocates Association ( MHAA) said, “If our demands are not met, we will discuss our future course of action whether to extend our boycott or not.”

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